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Even MotoGP™ superstars need a holiday…

Even MotoGP™ superstars need a holiday…

Just what exactly does the MotoGP™ paddock get up to during the mid-season break?

After the German Grand Prix, riders and teams have three weeks with which to entertain themselves as the World Championships go on their official summer break.  While we often consider them to be ‘aliens’ for what they can do on the track, just like the rest of the planet, even sporting superstars need a holiday.

So how do you escape the stresses and strains of one of the most demanding sports in the world? Do you pack the sun cream and head off to the beach like the most people, or do you try something completely different?

Therefore, for purely professional reasons, and in no way whatsoever because we are just nosey, decided to find out.

For Valentino Rossi, who currently leads the MotoGP™ World Championship standings, it’s all about getting some time away from the track. The “Doctor” says that he has no plans to travel, and will instead take a week off to relax by the sea with friends in Pesaro, before getting back to training.

His teammate and closest title rival Jorge Lorenzo has a much busier itinerary.  The Spaniard enjoyed three days in Ibiza before he jetted off to Los Angeles to train on his mountain bike. Lorenzo will also head out to Brazil for a special Yamaha event, before making his way back to the US for the next Grand Prix.

The Repsol Honda team may have completed a 1-2 at the Sachsenring, but they spent no time resting on their laurels, instead opting to take part in a three-day private test at Misano last week, along with Ducati and Suzuki. With that complete, the reigning MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez will spend the rest of his time off in Ibiza with his brother Alex and some friends, in an effort to relax and enjoy some time on the beach.

His teammate Dani Pedrosa prefers the quieter life, as after the test he opted to stay at home for the summer. Admittedly his home is a luxury house on a lake in Switzerland. Nice.

Some riders prefer not to make plans, like the man third in the MotoGP™ World Championship standings Ducati Team’s Andrea Iannone: “It's difficult to say what I will be doing, because I always decide at the last minute, so I don't exactly have any plans. I'll see in the next few days, it depends on how my shoulder feels but for sure I'll go to the sea. I need a break, and if I stay at home I'll never get one.”

While for others, like teammate Andrea Dovizioso, the break is a chance to re-focus: “Let's say I won't be going on holiday to any particular place, I am just happy to stay at home and work on a few things to improve myself. I will relax, stay at home with my family, my little girl and recharge my batteries for the second half of the season.”

Of course, its not all about topping up your tan and catching up with friends, as some actually have to work over the summer holidays just like us normal folk. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro are both competing as part of the official Factory Yamaha team in the Suzuka 8-hour race in Japan this weekend, and will hardly get any time away from the track to relax before they head to America for the Indianapolis GP.

What about for the two men battling it out for the Moto2™ World Championship? Well, they couldn’t have more contrasting plans. For the man at the top of the standings, Johann Zarco, it is a chance to relax with his family as he spends the majority of the season living with his manager. The Frenchman has not completely switched off from motorbike racing though, and still had time to travel to Barcelona to help out his manager’s son Lorenzo Fellon who was racing this weekend in the Catalan Championship, before returning his focus to training for the final week of the break.

Rival Tito Rabat has been forced to spend his holiday at home in Cabo de Gata (near Almeria) as he recovers from the broken collarbone suffered during testing before the German GP. Rabat has said he will try and relax with some fishing, before he can start to return to some light running and cycling work. The summer break has therefore come at rather an opportune time for the Spaniard, as it will give his injuries a chance to heal before he returns to action at the Indianapolis GP.

Finally, the runaway leader of the Moto3™ World Championship Danny Kent decided to head out to Australia with MotoGP™ rider Jack Miller, to spend his break training by riding dirt track and motocross. With Kent on course to become the first British World Champion since Barry Sheene in 1977, his fans and team will just be hoping he comes back in one piece…

MotoGP, 2015

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